Corbett administration defends no-bid contract

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Corbett administration is rebutting state Treasurer Rob McCord’s criticism of a no-bid contract to manage the state’s executive-branch websites, which it says is a good deal for taxpayers.

McCord said Wednesday he’s refusing to pay $3.5 million to the contractor, a subsidiary of Kansas-based NIC Inc., because he’s concerned about the legality and propriety of the contract.

Nils Frederiksen of the governor’s Office of General Counsel says the deal’s no different than others that the treasurer’s office approves every day. He called McCord’s comments “inflammatory.”

Dan Egan of the governor’s Office of Administration says a no-bid contract makes sense because NIC has unique expertise gained through its work with 28 other states. Egan says the contract is for five years and its value is roughly $10 million a year.

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